UPDATE 12:12 p.m. — Kelly says there is a plan in place for Blount to return to the football team. He said he is not reinstating Blount at this time.
Blount has to pass some academic, behavioral and football ladders in order to be eligible to play. Kelly said Blount would not come back before the Stanford game on Nov. 7.
"It's not a football decision. It's a human being decision," Kelly said.
Kelly said he made the right decision on Sept. 4, when he opted to suspend Blount for the rest of the season.
Kelly said he talked with Tony Dungy and Dr. Harry Edwards before making this decision.
UPDATE 10:19 a.m. — Most of the readers seem to think Blount should get another chance. ESPN.com's Pac-10 blogger feels the same way.
UDPATE 8:20 a.m. — Oregon football coach Chip Kelly will meet with reporters in Eugene on Friday to discuss LeGarrette Blount’s situation and how the suspended running back can get back on the field for the Ducks.
Kelly will "discuss elements of his plan that has been in place with senior running back LeGarrette Blount that could include Blount's potential reinstatement prior to the conclusion of the 2009 season," the school said in a statement.
Blount, as you no doubt remember, was suspended for the rest of the season after punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the face after the Broncos’ 19-8 victory on Sept. 3. The scene was replayed over and over again inside Bronco Stadium and on televisions across the country. Blount not only punched Hout, but also went after teammates and fans on his way to the locker room.
Kelly, the Ducks’ first-year coach, was swift in administering justice. On the day after the game, he announced Blount would not play for the Ducks again this year, but he could remain a part of the program.
It was the right decision then and it remains so.
As you imagine, Blount’s possible reinstatement is getting lots of press.
Here are just a few links:
Eugene Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder says it would be the wrong move
Eugene Register-Guard beat writer Rob Moseley runs down the situation, including the letter Blount wrote to the Oregon Daily Emerald, the student newspaper.
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